Tom Steyer campaign aide who tried to buy endorsements with campaign donations resigns

A top aide to 2020 Democrat Tom Steyer’s campaign has resigned after offering campaign contributions to Iowa politicians in exchange for their endorsement of the billionaire candidate.

While Pat Murphy defended his actions as aboveboard and claimed the controversy stemmed from a “miscommunication” after Thursday’s revelation, he resigned the next day. A statement from Steyer’s campaign confirmed his departure Friday.

“After the conclusion of an investigation alleging improper communications with elected officials in Iowa, Pat Murphy has offered his resignation from the campaign effective immediately,” the statement read. “Our campaign policy is clear that we will not engage in this kind of activity, or any kind
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